I do most of my running in Bollington which isn't the flattest of places so I've no qualms about hills it's just that my only 10k races have been in the GMR which is as flat as they come. There's a canal route in Bollington which is hillier!
I skipped the BUPA this year after having to fight through the throngs for the last couple of years so I've entered this instead. I hope it's a good race but I assume I'll not be getting my best time if it's not as flat as the BUPA one.
My first (and probably last) half and some crap preperation in training. The snow for the last 2 weeks hasn't helped. Pleased with 1:46:27 (watch) 1:47:something officially. It was slow to get to the start but I didn't notice any walkers until about 12 miles! My only other race is the Great Manchester 10k though, loads of walkers in the first 1k there!
I was also impressed with the organization and facilites, I even got a hot shower at the end.
I was joking with some people at 5 miles that we were on for a 1:44 but that we had 8 miles left. Sadly I was proven correct as I faded badly in the last mile or so. It is the first time I've ever ran over 10 miles though.
Sorry, I'm not having a go at anyone who entered the race. It must have been just as uncomfortable for those who were getting raced past as it was for those who were racing past them.
The waves were based on estimated time, I think it said as much in the race magazine. Although the bloke who does a circuit class at my gym got a green bib and he ran it in 40 minutes last year! I reckon they may have run out of orange bib places. If most people used common sense they wouldn't need the colors at all, but human nature tells us we'll all pile to the front if we can ;0)